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How Do Spider Veins and Varicose Veins Occur?

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Varicose Veins:

The veins in our body have multiple one-way valves that transport throughout the body. Varicose veins occur when one such one-way valve fails, causing a ‘reflux’ of blood in the channel which in turn results in that vein channel becoming unable to continue carrying blood to its destination. While there may be several factors behind why varicose veins occur, the most common cause is genetics. More than 50% of varicose vein sufferers indicate a family history.

Spider Veins:

Spider Veins occur when blood vessels begin to lose their elasticity, causing them to loose shape and widen. Spider veins are also genetic genetic, so there is little one can do in terms of prevention. Although they are completely superficial, they can sometimes be an indicator of a more deeply-rooted varicose vein issue. This is why, even for what seems to be a simple case of spider veins,  it is  absolutely critical to work with a vascular surgeon or vein specialist from the start.

 

For more information, or to schedule a consultation, contact The San Diego Vascular Centertoday by calling (760) 739-7666, or visit us on the web at www.SanDiegoVascularCenter.com.

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What is Sclerotherapy treatment for spider vein removal?

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spider vein removalDuring the sclerotherapy procedure, your doctor (preferably a vascular specialist or vascular surgeon) injects the spider veins with a harmless solution that closes those veins, causing the blood to reroute through healthier veins. In a few weeks, the spider veins fade or disappear. Sometimes, the same vein may need to be injected more than once to completely remove spider veins, but more often than not, a patient will see lasting results on the first treatment.

Sclerotherapy requires no anesthesia, and can be performed right in your doctor’s office. Side effects are minimal, such as temporary swelling or itching.

 

For more information, or to schedule a consultation, contact The San Diego Vascular Center today by calling (760) 739-7666, or visit us on the web at www.SanDiegoVascularCenter.com.

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Laser Treatment for Spider Veins and Varicose Veins

How does laser treatment work on spider veins and varicose veins?

A laser is a highly focused beam of light, which emits heat. The focused heat from the laser damages the vein it is applied to, forming scar tissue closes the vein. Once the vein is closed, it slowly disappears.

Simple Laser Treatment. Simple laser vein treatments are performed on the outside of the skin. External laser treatments are primarily used to treat spider veins and tiny varicose veins near the skin’s surface. More than one laser session may be necessary to completely remove spider veins, especially if they have formed a tight cluster. If you have poor blood circulation feeding these tiny veins, the larger “feeder” vein must first be treated by means of sclerotherapy or endovenous laser.

Endovenous Laser Treatment. Endovenous laser treatment is prescribed for treating larger varicose veins, such as those in the legs. A laser fiber enters the vein through a catheter, as the doctor views the vein on an ultrasound screen.  Pain is minimal; local anesthesia or a light sedative is all that is needed for laser treatment.

Recovery

Recovery time after laser treatment is typically short and without pain. You are likely to be able to return to your normal daily routine the same day or day after Simple Laser Treatment.

Recovery after Endovenous Laser Treatment is a bit more extensive. Patients are required to wear compression stockings/garments and get proper rest for at least one week, and usually the doctor would follow up with additional ultrasound to ensure successful venus closure.

For more information, or to schedule a consultation, contact The San Diego Vascular Center today by calling (760) 739-7666, or visit us on the web at www.SanDiegoVascularCenter.com.